Toni Bolling Lutter
This year, seven local Chandler Unified School District senior women will proceed to Arizona schools of higher learning with the help of DAR scholarships. Each year, Gila Butte Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) offers a $1,000 scholarship to a deserving Basha High School senior woman. This year, six additional women won DAR scholarships from the Arizona DAR’s State Regent’s Project.
Education which secures America’s future is one of DAR’s three objectives; the National Society and the Arizona Society offer multiple scholarships to men and women. Gila Butte Chapter officially established its annual Gila Butte Patriots Scholarship in 2010, and now works with Basha High School each year to find a deserving recipient.
In 2015 as DAR State Regent, Gillian Morse announced her two-year project of scholarships for Arizona women planning to attend Arizona colleges or universities. The state was divided into four sections to ensure scholarships to all areas of Arizona, and in 2016, 20 $1,000 scholarships were awarded statewide. Gila Butte Chapter secured many applications and six Chandler-area students won the coveted scholarships.
Gila Butte Chapter meets in Sun Lakes and welcomes all eligible women interested in support for education. Those eligible are women over 18 who can prove direct bloodline descent from a patriot of the American Revolution. Interested women may call 480-802-6993 for information or go to the chapter website gilabutte.arizonadar.org.